The Lions have been terrible early in games this year. Earlier this year the Lions were killed early by Chicago in Detroit. This time we travel to Soldier Field where the atmosphere is always hostile. With a young QB at the helm, I am not sure the offense will be able to handle the crowd and the hyped up Chi-Town defense. The Detroit Defense has been beyond bad against the pass and run which doesn’t up their chances. This one could get ugly.
Dan Orlovsky will have to keep focused and try to take the crowd out of the game early. Chicago’s secondary is always ball hungry but Jim Colleto should dial up some long passes early to Calvin Johnson. This could take the crowd out of the game early which will give the offense a fighting chance.
Cory Redding need to stand up in this game and lead the run defense. Matt Forte is the most dangerous rookie HB in the league. Stopping him in the first half will give the Lions a chance to get some turnovers out of Kyle Orton. Without stopping Forte, the D will have to commit more players to the front. More players up front leave the passing game open where the Lions have struggled.
Prediction: Matt Forte will run over 100 again against the Lions opening up for many points. A quick start by the Bears will be too much for the Lions to handle. Sorry Lions fans, Bears 34-17.
Fantasy Start’em for this game…
Matt Forte, Kyle Orton, Greg Olsen, and Calvin Johnson.
Fantasy Sit’em for this game…
Kevin Smith, Rudi Johnson, Dan Orlovsky, and Marty Booker.